Pacific Northwest ballet debuts three works — Alexander Ekman’s ‘Cacti’ — during ‘All Premiere.’ Photo by Johan Persson/ArenaPAL

Pacific Northwest ballet debuts three works — Alexander Ekman’s ‘Cacti’ — during ‘All Premiere.’ Photo by Johan Persson/ArenaPAL

Pick List: Music of Remembrance, Short Run, PNB’s ‘All Premiere’

The week’s best entertainment options.


I mean, it’s right there in the title. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s All Premiere is unquestionably the freshest show of the season featuring three Seattle debuts. PNB soloist Kyle Davis unveils his A Dark Lonely Space (which uses music from Jupiter Ascending, so maybe some good will come from that odd Wachowski film). The slate also features the first local stagings of Alejandro Cerrudo’s reserved and fluid Silent Ghost and Alexander Ekman’s frenetic, boxy platform-filled Cacti. SETH SOMMERFELD McCaw Hall, $30–$189. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2–3 & 9–10; 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3; 1 p.m. Sun., Nov. 11.


Back after a long exile—losing their LQA home and staging one show at Marymoor Park—Teatro ZinZanni’s new silver-screen-themed show, “Hollywood & Vine,” inaugurates their new permanent home at the former Red Hook Brewery. Christine Deaver stars, with Ariana Lallone, Domitil Aillot, Ben Wendel, and more performers old and new. GAVIN BORCHERT $99 and up. Opens Nov. 1. 7 p.m. Wed.–Sat., 6 p.m. Sun., some Sun. matinees at 11:30 a.m.; see for complete schedule and holiday specials. Ends April 28.

In six cities around the world, the barber shop serves a similar function for African men. Inua Ellams’ play Barber Shop Chronicles shows you how. GB The Moore, $17.50–$72. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 1; 8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 2; 3 & 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3.

Keefee’s House of Cards offers improvisational, interactive, blackjack theater, every first Thursday with the splendid Stephen Hando. Play with Keefee on stage or sip a cocktail and watch the action from the comfort of your seat. GB The Rendezvous/JewelBox Theater, 2322 Second Ave. $10. 8 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 1.

Over the course of 22 shows (in 18 venues) the Seattle International Comedy Competition will winnow down 32 stand-up comedians to one champion, crowned at the Comedy Underground on Nov. 25. GB Various venues, Nov. 1–25.


Music of Remembrance celebrates 20 years of reviving music by composers who fell victim to the Holocaust and premiering music by contemporary composers paying homage to those lost. With works by Jake Heggie, Lori Laitman, Paul Schoenfield, and others, and a performance by members of Spectrum Dance Theater. GB Benaroya Recital Hall, $55. 4 p.m. Sun., Nov. 4.

Gamelan Pacifica is an ensemble devoted to the sparkling yet reverie-inducing repertory of music for Indonesian metal-percussion orchestra; it’s joined by two other traditional artists from that area, vocalist Heni Savitri and shadow-puppeteer Ki Midiyanto. GB PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, $10–$20. 7 p.m. Sun., Nov. 4.

Erin Jorgensen brings back her delicious Bach and Pancakes concert series: Bach’s cello suites (this time, nos. 1, 5, 6) played beautifully on marimba, followed by, duh, pancakes. GB Vera Project, Suggested donation $10. Noon, Sun., Nov. 4.


With Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson is half the duo behind the brilliant Comedy Central sitcom Broad City (its fifth and final season is slated to premiere Jan. 24), but here she’s chatting up her art book I Might Regret This. It’s been sold out for months, though; see if you can sneak in somehow. GB Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, thirdplace 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 2.

Seattle’s indie comics and small press/self-published literary scene is always bustling with creative energy, and Short Run Comix and Arts Festival is its high holy day, when everyone emerges from their cramped living and working spaces to supportively show off their exciting new wares. Whether you’re nabbing a new book of poetry from a local publisher or buying art off of local makers, it’s always a blast of positivity. SS Fisher Pavillon at Seattle Center, Free. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. Nov. 3.


Stonington Gallery’s autumn shows have featured Northwest Native art glass by three makers; closing the series are the gorgeously detailed animal figures by Tlingit artist Raven Skyriver. Artist opening 6 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 1. Ends Nov.


To put it simply, Mitski’s Be the Cowboy is the best album of the year to date. Over 14 songs, the New York singer/songwriter solidifies her place as one of indie rock’s most vital voices by taking things in complex directions. While her prior record, Puberty 2, served as her breakout, Be the Cowboy is fully grown up in its approach to rock and experimental pop. Mitski is still able to pour out buckets upon buckets of emotions, but do so with an unflinching and alluring confidence that gives everything an added weight. SS Showbox SoDo, Sold out. 8 p.m. Wed., Oct. 31.

No one in Seattle puts on a pop punk party like TacocaT (see the band’s prior Halloween and Valentine’s Day shows at Chop Suey for evidence). With a wide catalogue of blissed out tunes (including new ones from a TBA 2019 album), the quartet always generate dangerously fun levels of dancey energy. The wild local game show The Future is 0 takes on hosting duties for this evening, one that also features Mirrorgloss and Sleepover Club. On top of all that, this show will likely be the highest concentration of candy and candy out of any of the Halloween concerts. Chop Suey, Sold Out. 8 p.m. Wed., Oct. 31.

Armed with fiercely emotional and passionate punk tunes, Joyce Manor’s stop at the Neptune is most likely to result in a sing-a-long of people dressed as monsters… a monster mash, if you will. The band just put out its fifth LP, Million Dollars To Kill Me, a further example of the group’s continual growth and maturity (thankfully not too grown up to move past the cathartic communal screaming though). SS The Neptune, $17–$21. 8 p.m. Wed., Oct. 31.

There’s always been a heavy underlying darkness and sinister quality to La Luz’s surf rock. It’s 2013 debut LP (It’s Alive) alone features the fantastic eerie bangers “Big Bad Blood,” “Its’s Alive,” and “Pink Slime.” The former Seattle band returns to its birthplace for a evening of fuzz-drenched creepy California doom-wop (including cuts from its new album, Floating Features) and always-entertaining dance segments the band initiates. SS The Crocodile, $20. 8 p.m. Wed., Oct. 31.

Ontario indie rock quartet Tokyo Police Club has been one of the better Canadian bands since the release of its scintillating debut A Lesson in Crime in 2006. After nearly breaking up following its previous album cycle, returned this month with the release of its new album, TPC. While the general perception is that Canadians aren’t as into Halloween as folks from the States, perhaps TPC can do something to change that belief. Barboza, $20. 8 p.m. Wed. & Thur., Oct. 31 & Nov. 1.

Perhaps soul will help you connect with the spirits of the night this Halloween. Few acts consistently deliver Seattle soul like The True Loves, so even though it may not be the best sonic fit for Halloween, the band’s concert with Mother of Pearl and Emerald City Soul Club should provide a less rambunctious—but still amusing—party vibe. SS Neumos, $15. 8 p.m. Wed., Oct. 31.


So who decides how much a given artwork is worth, and how? The doc The Price of Everything reveals that the answers are more chaotic that you imagined. GB Northwest Film Forum, $7–$12. Nov. 2–8.

If you’re one of the three people in Seattle who didn’t see Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the beloved doc about Fred Rogers, during its first run, here’s another chance. GB Center on Contemporary Art, Free. 6:30 p.m. Mon., Nov. 5.

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